Buckminster (St. John the Baptist)

BUCKMINSTER (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Melton-Mowbray, hundred of Framland, N. division of the county of Leicester, 9¼ miles (E. N. E.) from Melton-Mowbray; containing, with the chapelry of Sewstern, 697 inhabitants. The parish comprises by computation 2900 acres. The soil in the eastern and northern parts is a good red loam, and in the southern and western portions a tenacious clay; the surface is very elevated, and the lands are watered by numerous springs which descend from the higher grounds. Buckminster Park, the seat of the Earl of Dysart, is a noble mansion of modern erection, situated in a park well stocked with deer and embellished with timber. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8. 7. 3½.; net income, £161; patron, the Earl: the glebe comprises 81 acres. The great tithes have been commuted for £671. The church has a massive tower and spire, with portions in various styles. There is a chapel of ease at Sewstern. A close, called the Grange, was the site of a religious house subordinate to the monastery of Kirkby-Belew.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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